Diwali is the
festival of light. Perhaps its most iconic celebration is the colourful and dazzling
display of fireworks that lights up the night sky. As beautiful as it looks, fireworks
account for thousands of emergency room visits each year during the festival.
The majority of injuries that impact eye health occur in bystanders. In fact the
eyes are the second-most common affected area after the hands and fingers. As
expected, the leading cause of injuries on Diwali is the lack of appropriate safety
measures while lighting fireworks.
Please ensure you take the following SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS at all times:
" Store fireworks in a closed box in a safe
location, away from the reach of children
" Avoid sparklers that reach
temperatures as high as 1000°C - high enough to melt gold and cause serious
" Keep fireworks away from the face, hair and clothing
Maintain a distance of an arm's length while lighting firecrackers, and at least
five meters while watching
" Defuse used fireworks properly by soaking
them in a bucket of water before disposal
Prevention is better than cure.
Do not rub your eyes and contact
the eye doctor.
Keep eyes closed and go to the eye doctor.
If there is any chemical that has entered the eyes, immediately irrigate the eyes
and under the eyelids, with water, for 30 minutes. Seek an eye doctor immediately
In case of an accident, contact emergency medical services immediately. Do not
rub, rinse or apply ointment to the eye. It may make the injury worse or difficult
to examine. By taking these simple precautions for good eye health, you will be
able to enjoy fireworks on Diwali without worrying about the safety of your loved
Happy Celebrations from Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya!